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WSU Graduate reports findings in Obstetrical Anesthesia Study

SPOKANE, Wash.—Imagine you’re a woman who is about to give birth to her first child via a C-section. Depending on the hospital you go to, your comfort and safety during the procedure might be in the hands of a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) or an anesthesiologist. Should you prefer one situation over the other? The answer is no, according to Dan Simonson, a graduate of the health policy and administration program at Washington State University Spokane. Simonson came to this conclusion in an article, “Anesthesia Staffing and Anesthetic Complications During Cesarean Delivery: A Retrospective Analysis,” which was recently published in the January/February 2007 issue … » More …

New TV ads highlight life-changing research

WSU recently began a series of television ads featuring the far-reaching impact of the university’s research. The ads are being aired on cable and major stations in Seattle and Spokane. They will run during prime-time viewing hours in three-week segments throughout the spring. Topics include:• Taxol cancer treatment • Bone replacement • Biomediation of water resources • Economies of developing countriesIn addition, the College of Veterinary Medicine has produced a new television commercial featuring a range of cutting-edge services offered by the college’s teaching hospital.Preview the ads ONLINE @ www.wsu.edu/IntegratedMarketing/campaign/video.html. For more, see ONLINE @ www.wsutoday.wsu.edu.

New TV ads feature life transforming research

Washington State University recently began a new series of television ads that feature the far-reaching impact of the university’s research. The ads are being aired on cable and major stations in Seattle and Spokane. The spots will run during prime-time viewing hours in three-week segments throughout the spring. The topics of the new ads include research developments in:• Taxol cancer treatment • Bone replacement • Biomediation of water resources • Economies of developing countriesIn addition, the College of Veterinary Medicine has produced a new television commercial on cutting-edge research benefits animals.You can preview the ads ONLINE @ www.wsu.edu/IntegratedMarketing/campaign/video.html. For additional information on the ad series, see a longer … » More …

WSU scientists receive biology, electronics grants

VANCOUVER — Several faculty members at Washington State University Vancouver recently received major research grants.The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded Ruth Phillips, adjunct research professor of biology, $450,000 over three years for integration of the genetic and physical maps of rainbow trout and Atlantic salmon. Phillips is coordinating her research efforts with those of scientists in Canada and Norway to integrate and correlate results from genome projects on trout and salmon. Phillips’ research involves the evolution of duplicate genes, the role of chromosome rearrangements in speciation, and the evolution of sex chromosomes in these species.Genetic and physical mapping of the genomes and isolation of genes for … » More …

WSU researcher links human, animal emotions

Seattle-Washington State University researcher Jaak Panksepp believes that understanding animal behavior could one day bring relief to millions of people around the globe who suffer from psychological disorders such as depression, schizophrenia and autism.Panksepp, who joined the faculty at the College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006 as the Baily Endowed Chair of Animal Well-being Science, has spent most of his career researching affective neuroscience, the study of the basic processes that create and control moods, feelings and attitudes in both people and animals.He will discuss his research in “Achieving Psychological Well-being: Neurochemistry May Hold the Key” from noon to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at The … » More …

Satisfied workers add up to profit and productivity

In the restaurant business, happy employees equal happy guests, which equal more profit.That equation summarizes recent research by Dennis Reynolds, associate director and Ivar Haglund Distinguished Professor at the School of Hospitality Business Management. Reynolds scrutinized the financial information and collected employee and guest satisfaction data at 36 casual-theme restaurants nationwide, seeking the factors driving productivity.He was hoping to explain why same-brand restaurants in similar settings can have significant differences in productivity. In addition to satisfaction, he included variables such as number of seats, fixed and variable expenses, sales and net profit.“We found that employee satisfaction resulted in better guest satisfaction, which boosted the bottom … » More …

Series helps faculty land and manage grants

The Faculty Development Series to help faculty with all aspects of successful proposal development and award management will begin Jan. 23. Sponsored by the Office of Research and coordinated by the Office of Grant and Research Development, the sessions include workshops, seminars and highlights from previous program participants.All sessions are in Neill 416. Space is limited, so register early.For a schedule and to register, go ONLINE @ www.ogrd.wsu.edu/workshops.asp

Research facility to open at WSU Mount Vernon

MOUNT VERNON – An opening celebration for Washington State University’s Agricultural Research and Technology Building will be Dec. 6.  The new facility is the centerpiece in the $8 million revitalization of the WSU Mount Vernon Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center.The invitation-only celebration will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the new facility on the Mount Vernon NWREC campus, located at 16650 State Route 536 (old Memorial Highway).  Among those presenting brief comments will be WSU president V. Lane Rawlins, Board of Regents president Ken Alhadeff, WSU executive vice president Larry James and dean of the WSU College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences Dan … » More …

Pioneer of systems medicine to deliver Stier Lecture

SPOKANE  – “The Future of Healthcare: Prediction, Prevention and Personalized Care” is the topic of this year’s Washington State University Spokane Robert F.E. Stier Memorial Lecture in Medicine presented by LeRoy Hood, MD, PhD, president and co-founder of the Institute for Systems Biology.The Eastern Washington Area Health Education Center, WSU Extension and the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research offer this free public lecture set for 3 p.m. Dec. 8, in the Providence Auditorium at Sacred Heart Medical Center, 101 W. 8th Ave., Spokane, with reception to follow.Dr. Hood, a pioneer in systems medicine and the systems approach to disease, will bring to our local community … » More …

Journal publishes ‘negative,’ but often useful findings

Researchers typically do not try to publish negative findings, but the new social-sciences journal, the Journal of Spurious Correlations, welcomes such data with open arms. The journal’s editors define negative findings as “those that do not fit with the researcher’s own theoretical presuppositions or with accepted tenets of methodological appropriateness.” Researchers do not seek to publish negative findings, they say, because journals have no interest in them. But a tremendous amount of potentially useful information is lost because of this “selective reporting of results,” they write. The journal aims to serve as a “forum for disseminating the rigorous but otherwise ‘unpublishable’ findings that are, strictly … » More …